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(12) Patent: (11) CA 2451118
(54) English Title: A METHOD AND A DEVICE FOR THE SEPARATION OF SULPHUR DIOXIDE FROM A GAS
(54) French Title: PROCEDE ET DISPOSITIF DE SEPARATION DE DIOXYDE DE SOUFRE D'UN GAZ
(51) International Patent Classification (IPC):
  • B01D 53/50 (2006.01)
  • B01D 53/78 (2006.01)
  • F23J 15/04 (2006.01)
(72) Inventors :
  • BENGTSSON, SUNE (Sweden)
  • JOHANSSON, LARS-ERIK (Sweden)
  • NOLIN, KJELL (Sweden)
  • MARIPUU, MATI (Sweden)
(73) Owners :
  • GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH (Switzerland)
(71) Applicants :
  • ALSTOM (SWITZERLAND) LTD. (Switzerland)
(74) Agent: CRAIG WILSON AND COMPANY
(74) Associate agent:
(45) Issued: 2007-06-19
(86) PCT Filing Date: 2002-07-04
(87) Open to Public Inspection: 2003-01-16
Examination requested: 2003-12-17
(30) Availability of licence: N/A
(30) Language of filing: English

(30) Application Priority Data:
Application No. Country/Territory Date
0102412-4 Sweden 2001-07-05

English Abstract




A device (1) for separating sulphur dioxide from a gas has an inlet (2) for
the gas (4) and an outlet (42) for gas (40), from which sulphur dioxide has
been separated. An apertured plate (20) is arranged between the inlet (2) and
the outlet (42) and allows the gas (4) to pass from below. On its upper side
(22), the apertured plate supports a flowing layer (24) of absorption liquid.
An inlet duct (12) connects a container (6) for absorption liquid to the upper
side (22) of the apertured plate (20). A means (10) conveys the absorption
liquid (8) from the container (6), through the inlet duct (12), to the upper
side (22) of the apertured plate (20) and along the apertured plate (20). The
device also has an outlet box (30) for collecting the absorption liquid (8)
flowing over the apertured plate (20) and at least one distribution means
(34), which is arranged to contact the gas (4) which is supplied to the device
(1) through the inlet (2) with the liquid (8) flowing from the outlet box (30)
to the container (6) before the gas (4) passes through the apertured plate
(20).


French Abstract

L'invention concerne un dispositif (1) permettant de séparer du dioxyde de soufre d'un gaz, ledit dispositif comprenant une entrée (2) pour le gaz (4) et une sortie (42) pour le gaz (40) exempt de dioxyde de soufre. Une plaque à ouvertures (20) est placée entre l'entrée (2) et la sortie? ¿(42) et permet au gaz (4) de passer par en-dessous. Sur son côté supérieur (22), ladite plaque supporte une couche d'écoulement (24) du liquide d'absorption. Un conduit d'entrée (12) relie un contenant (6) de liquide d'absorption au côté supérieur (22) de la plaque à ouvertures (20). Un dispositif (10) achemine le liquide d'absorption (8) du contenant (6) à travers le conduit d'entrée? ¿(12) jusqu'au côté latéral (22) de ladite plaque (20) et le long de celle-ci. Ce dispositif comprend aussi un boîtier de sortie (30) servant à recueillir le liquide d'absorption (8) s'écoulant sur la plaque à ouvertures (20), et au moins un dispositif de distribution (34) placé de manière à rentrer en contact avec le gaz? ¿(4) qui est acheminé jusqu'au dispositif (1) à travers l'entrée (2). Le liquide (8) s'écoule du boîtier de sortie (30) jusqu'au contenant (6), avant que le gaz ne passe à travers la plaque à ouvertures (20).


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CLAIMS:


1. A method for separating sulphur dioxide from a gas by means of an aqueous
absorption
liquid, in which method the gas is conveyed upwards through a substantially
horizontal apertured
plate, on which a flowing layer of the absorption liquid is provided, wherein
the absorption
liquid is conveyed over the apertured plate from an inlet zone to an outlet
zone in which the
absorption liquid is collected and caused to flow downwards to a container for
absorption liquid,
the gas first being conveyed through a contact zone, in which it is contacted
with the absorption
liquid flowing downwards from the outlet zone to the container, and the gas
then being conveyed
upwards through the apertured plate and the flowing layer provided thereon for
separating the
sulphur dioxide.


2. The method as claimed in claim 1, in which an absorbent selected from lime,
limestone
and suspensions thereof is added to the absorption liquid.


3. The method as claimed in claim 2, in which the surface of the absorption
liquid in the
container is situated on a level below the contact zone, a passage, through
which the gas is
conveyed, being provided between the surface of the absorption liquid and the
outlet zone, and a
parameter representative of the level of the surface of the absorption liquid,
and thus of the
height (H) of the passage, being controlled in such a manner that the average
velocity of the gas
in the passage is in the range of 5-35 m/s.


4. The method as claimed in claim 1, in which the outlet zone comprises an
outlet box with
at least one distribution means for distributing in the contact zone the
liquid flowing from the
outlet zone to the container, the ratio of the hydrostatic pressure in the
outlet box to the pressure
difference in the gas between a first point (A) immediately before the contact
zone and a second
point (B) above the flowing layer of absorption liquid on the apertured plate
being controlled in
such a manner that said hydrostatic pressure is greater than said pressure
difference in the gas.





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5. The method as claimed in claim 4, in which said ratio of the hydrostatic
pressure to said
pressure difference in the gas is controlled in such a manner that the
absorption liquid leaving the
distribution means is given a velocity of 0.2-3 m/s.


6. The method as claimed in claim 1, in which the gas is unsaturated before
being
introduced into the contact zone, the gas getting substantially saturated with
water vapour when
contacting in the contact zone the downwardly flowing absorption liquid.


7. A device for separating sulphur dioxide from a gas b\y means of an aqueous
absorption
liquid, which device comprises:
a) an inlet containing sulphur dioxide and an outlet for gas, from which
sulphur
dioxide has been separated,
b) a substantially horizontal apertured plate between the inlet and the
outlet, which
apertured plate is arranged to allow gas containing sulphur dioxide to pass
from below and to
support on its upper side a flowing layer of the absorption liquid,
c) a container for the absorption liquid,
d) at least one inlet duct, which connects the container to the upper side of
the
apertured plate, and
e) at least one means for conveying the absorption liquid from the container,
through
the inlet duct, to the upper side of the apertured plate and along the
apertured plate,
wherein the device also comprises
f) at least one outlet box for collecting the absorption liquid flowing over
the
apertured plate, and
g) at least one distribution means, which is arranged to contact the gas
supplied to
the device through the inlet with the liquid flowing from the outlet box to
the container before
the gas passes through the apertured plate.


8. The device as claimed in claim 7, in which the distribution means comprises
at least one
nozzle having a characteristic measure.





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9. The device as claimed in claim 8, in which the characteristic measure of
the nozzle is a
smallest hole diameter (D) or a smallest gap width (V) of 1-8 cm.


10. The device as claimed in claim 7, in which the outlet box has a bottom,
which is situated
below the level of the upper side of the apertured plate.


11. The device as claimed in claim 7, in which the surface of the liquid in
the container is
situated under the outlet box, a passage being provided between the surface of
the absorption
liquid and the outlet box


12 The device as claimed in claim 11, in which the surface of the absorption
liquid in the
container also extends under substantially the entire apertured plate.


13. The device as claimed in claim 7, in which an overflow rim is arranged
between the
apertured plate and the outlet box.


14. The device as claimed in claim 7, in which the outlet box comprises
control means for
regulating the velocity of the liquid flow through the distribution means,
said control means
comprising orifice plates.


15. The device as claimed in claim 7, in which said means for feeding the
absorption liquid
to the upper side of the apertured plate comprises a mammoth pump.


16. The device as claimed in claim 7, in which a venting zone for venting the
absorption
liquid is arranged between the apertured plate and the distribution means.


Note: Descriptions are shown in the official language in which they were submitted.


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A METHOD AND A DEVICE FOR THE SEPARATION OF
SULPHUR DIOXIDE FROM A GAS
Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to a method for sepa-
rating sulphur dioxide from a gas by means of an aqueous
absorption liquid, in which method the gas is conveyed
upwards through a substantially horizontal apertured
plate, on which a flowing layer of the absorption liquid
is provided.
The invention also relates to a device for separat-
ing sulphur dioxide from a gas by means of an aqueous
absorption liquid, which device comprises an inlet for
gas containing sulphur dioxide and an outlet for gas,
from which sulphur dioxide has been separated, a substan-
tially horizontal apertured plate between the inlet and
the outlet, which apertured plate is arranged to allow
gas containing sulphur dioxide to pass from below and to
support on its upper side a flowing layer of the absorp-
tion liquid, a container for the absorption liquid, at
least one inlet duct, which connects the container to the
upper side of the apertured plate, and at least one means
for conveying the absorption liquid from the container,
through the inlet duct, to the upper side of the apertur-
ed plate and along the apertured plate.
Background Art
Sulphur dioxide is a gas which forms in the oxida-
tion of sulphur-containing materials, such as coal, oil,
natural gas, industrial and domestic waste, peat, etc.
Sulphur dioxide can also form as a residual product in
chemical processes, for instance metallurgical processes.
Normally, it is not permitted to emit large amounts of
sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere, which means that
some kind of cleaning is necessary. One example of this
is flue gas cleaning in power plants and other combustion
plants. The flue gas that forms in combustion in such


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plants is usually cleaned, among other things, by absorp-
tion of sulphur dioxide into an absorption liquid. The
absorption liquid can, for instance, contain water and
one or more of the substances lime, limestone, dolomite,
sodium hydroxide solution and similar substances, which
are suitable for the absorption of sulphur dioxide. The
flue gases can, for instance, be cleaned in a spray
tower, as disclosed for instance in EP 0 162 536, or by
means of a perforated tray, as disclosed for instance in
US 5,246,471. However, these devices for cleaning gases,
in particular flue gases, from sulphur dioxide have been
found to require a great deal of energy as large amounts
of absorption liquid is pumped at a relatively high pres-
sure.
US 4,099,925, US 5,660,616, US 4,239,515 and
WO 96/00122 describe cleaning apparatuses with low energy
consumption. The flue gas is conveyed upwards through an
apertured plate, on which a flowing layer of an absorp-
tion liquid is provided.
If the flue gas is not saturated with water vapour,
water will evaporate from the absorption liquid and be
added to the flue gas during the cleaning process. It has
been found that this evaporation partially takes place
when the flue gas passes through the apertured plate.
One problem is that substances, such as lime, limestone,
gypsum, calcium sulphite, sodium sulphate, etc, which. are
dissolved or suspended in the absorption liquid, tend to
be evaporated and precipitated on the underside of the
apertured plate and in the holes of the apertured plate.
This increases the pressure drop across the apertured
plate and makes the pressure drop vary over the area of
the apertured plate. This results in increased energy
consumption due to the increased pressure drop and in
reduced absorption of sulphur dioxide due to the uneven
distribution of flue gas in the layer of absorption
liquid on the apertured plate. The prior-art solution to
this problem is to arrange, before the cleaning apparatus


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with the apertured plate, a cooler in the form of a sepa-
rate spray tower, for instance of the type disclosed in
US 5,753,012. In the separate spray tower, into which
the flue gas is first introduced, an aqueous liquid is
injected at a ratio (also called L/G) of the flow of
liquid to the flow of flue gas of typically about
0.2-1 litre of liquid/m3 of flue gas and at such a high
pressure that the liquid is atomised and saturates the
flue gas with water vapour. After being saturated with
water vapour, the flue gas can be passed through the
apertured plate without the risk of solids being preci-
pitated. A separate spray tower is however a complicated
and energy-consuming solution, which. comprises pumps,
pipes, tanks, control systems and a separate tower. In
addition, when using such a spray tower semi-dry par-
ticles can form, which adhere to the underside of the
apertured plate. It is therefore sometimes necessary to
arrange a system for intermittent washing of the under-
side of the apertured plate.
Summary of the Invention
Thus, the object of the present invention is to pro-
vide an efficient method for separating sulphur dioxide,
in which method the above-mentioned drawbacks of prior-
art technique are eliminated or reduced to a large
extent.
According to the invention, this object is achiev-
ed by a method, which is of the type mentioned by way
of introduction and characterised in that the absorption
liquid is conveyed over the apertured plate from an inlet
zone to an outlet zone in which the absorption liquid is
collected and caused to flow downwards to a container for
absorption liquid, the gas first being conveyed through
a contact zone, in which it is contacted with the absorp-
tion liquid flowing downwards from the outlet zone to
the container, and the gas then being conveyed upwards
through the apertured plate and the flowing layer provid-
ed thereon for separating the sulphur dioxide. The con-


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tact zone substantially saturates the gas with water
vapour, thereby reducing the risk of precipitation on
the apertured plate.~The contact zone also allows absorp-
tion of sulphur dioxide. When the absorption of sulphur
dioxide takes place in two steps, i.e. first in the con-
tact zone and then in the layer of absorption liquid pro-
vided on the apertured plate, the total absorption of
sulphur dioxide will be improved. Since the absorption
liquid first flows over the apertured plate and then
reaches the contact zone, a counter-current will be pro-
vided, which favours absorption.
According to a preferred embodiment, an absorbent
selected from lime, limestone and suspensions thereof is
added t~ the absorption liquid. Lime and limestone are
advantageous absorbents from an economic point of view
since sulphur dioxide is to be separated from a great
flow of flue gas. An absorption liquid containing lime
or limestone is present in the form of a suspension of
solids due to the limited solubility of the compounds
included, such as limestone, gypsum and calcium sulphite.
In the method according to the invention, there is less
risk of the solids in said suspension adhering to the
apertured plate and causing clogging of the same.
Suitably, the surface of the absorption liquid in
the container is situated on a level below the contact
zone, a passage, through which the gas is conveyed, being
provided between the surface of the absorption liquid and
the outlet zone, and a parameter representative of the
level of the surface of the absorption liquid, and thus
of the height of the passage, being controlled in such
a manner that the average velocity of the gas in the
passage is in the range of 5-35 mjs. This range has been
found to yield a good contact between the gas and the
absorption liquid, and thus a satisfactory degree of
saturation with respect to the content of water vapour in
the gas as well as a low pressure drop. By regulating the


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height of the passage, it is possible, at a varying gas
flow, to keep the gas velocity within said desired range.
In a preferred method, the outlet zone comprises an
outlet box with at least one distribution means for dis
5 tributing in the contact zone the liquid flowing from the
outlet zone to the container, the ratio of the hydrosta-
tic pressure in the outlet box to the pressure difference
in the gas between a first point immediately before the
contact zone and a second point above the flowing layer
of absorption liquid on the apertured plate being con-
trolled in such a manner that said hydrostatic pressure
is greater than said pressure difference in the gas. This
ensures that gas will not flow into the outlet box and
that liquid flows out of the distribution means and con-
tacts the gas in the contact zone. It is yet more prefer-
red for said ratio of the hydrostatic pressure to said
pressure difference in the gas to be controlled in such
a manner that the absorption liquid leaving the distri-
bution means is given a velocity of 0.2-3 m/s. When the
absorption liquid has this velocity, an efficient contact
is obtained between the gas and the absorption liquid in
the contact zone. The hydrostatic pressure required to
obtain these velocities is relatively low, which results
in low power consumption. This is because a high hydro-
static pressure in the outlet box results in a great
lifting height of the absorption liquid that is to be
returned from the container to the inlet zone.
According to a preferred embodiment, the gas is
unsaturated before being introduced into the contact
zone, the gas getting substantially saturated with water
vapour when contacting in the contact zone the downward-
ly flowing absorption liquid. The saturation with water
vapour considerably reduces the risk of any dissolved or
suspended substances in the absorption liquid being pre-
cipitated on the underside of the apertured plate and
causing problems of increased pressure drop in the aper-
tured plate.


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Another object of the present invention is to pro-
vide a simple device for separating sulphur dioxide, in
which device the above drawbacks of prior-art technique
are obviated or considerably reduced. According to the
invention, this object is achieved by means of a device,
which is of the type mentioned by way of introduction and
which is characterised in that it also comprises at least
one outlet box for collecting the absorption liquid flow-
ing over the apertured plate, and at least one distri-
bution means, which is arranged to contact the gas sup-
plied to the device through the inlet with the liquid
flowing from the outlet box to the container before the
gas passes through the apertured plate.
Suitably, the distribution means comprises at least
one nozzle. Nozzles, which can be designed in various
ways, are often well suited for creating a jet of absorp-
tion liquid, of which the main part reaches the container
and a minor part is entrained by the gas, the absorption
liquid providing a good contact with the gas. Most types
of nozzles are designed to provide a low pressure drop
and a good distribution of liquid as well as a small risk
of clogging. It is particularly preferable that the char-
acteristic measure of the nozzles, such as a smallest
hole diameter or a smallest gap width, should be 1-8 cm.
These nozzle sizes result in a good distribution, a low
pressure drop and a suitable size of the droplets that
form in the contact with the absorption liquid. In said
contact with the absorption liquid, droplets form in
sizes within a wide range. Suitably, this range of sizes
contains a certain amount of droplets, which quickly
evaporate in the contact with a gas that is not saturat-
ed with water vapour. The main part of the liquid should
not, however, be entrained by the gas but fall into the
container.
The outlet box conveniently has a bottom, which is
situated below the level of the upper side of the aper-
tured plate. A bottom thus placed provides in an effi-


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cient manner a hydrostatic pressure which is sufficient-
ly high to obtain the desired liquid velocity from the
distribution means.
According to a preferred embodiment, the surface of
the liquid in the container is situated under the outlet
box, a passage being provided between the surface of the
absorption liquid and the outlet box. This embodiment
allows variation of the passage by changing the level of
the surface of the absorption liquid in the container. At
the same time a convenient collecting device is obtained,
in which the absorption liquid which has passed through.
the passage is easily collected in the container. The
surface of the absorption liquid, together with the
absorption liquid flowing downwards from the distribution
means, provides an efficient sealing of the passage,
which reduces the risk of gas passing without contacting
the absorption liquid. It is particularly preferable that
the surface of the absorption liquid in the container
also extend under substantially the entire apertured
plate. This has the advantage that the container collects
bath the absorption liquid flowing out of the distribu-
tion means and the absorption liquid which can flow down-
wards through the holes of the apertured plate. In parti-
cular when the flow of gas is lower than the flow for
which the device has been dimensioned, a considerable
part of the layer flowing on the apertured plate will
flow downwards through the holes of the apertured plate.
When the surface of the liquid in the container extends
under the surface of the entire apertured plate, all the
absorption liquid flowing downwards via the distribution
means and through the holes of the apertured plate will
thus be collected in the container without any supplemen-
tary means, such as pumps and pipes, being needed.
According to a preferred embodiment, an overflow rim
is arranged between the apertured plate and the outlet
box. The overflow rim provides a certain smallest thick-
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particularly advantageous in case of a low gas flow since
otherwise there is a risk that the outlet box drains away
the entire layer.
According to another preferred embodiment, the out-
s let box comprises control means, such as orifice plates,
for regulating the velocity of the liquid flow through
the distribution means. The control means can be used
to adjust the function of the outlet box to the current
operation mode, so that the most efficient operation of
the device will be obtained at different gas flow rates.
Preferably, said means for feeding the absorption
liquid to the upper side of the apertured plate comprises
a mammoth pump. The mammoth pump allows transport of the
absorption liquid and simultaneous oxidation of any
oxidisable substances, such as sulphite, that may be pre-
sent therein. A special advantage of the mammoth pump in
the device according to the invention is that, in case of
a great flow of gas, a great height is normally required
in the passage and simultaneously a high degree of oxida-
tion of sulphite. The characteristics of the mammoth pump
also provide a great oxidation capacity at a great flow
of absorption liquid, which is necessary to obtain a
great height in the passage.
A venting zone for venting the absorption liquid is
suitably arranged between the apertured plate and the
distribution means. The venting leads to increased densi-
ty of the absorption liquid, which increases the hydro-
static pressure in the outlet box. An increased hydro-
static pressure can be used to increase the liquid velo-
city through the distribution means. By venting, it is
also possible to reduce the depth of the outlet box at
a constant hydrostatic pressure.
Brief Description of the Drawings
The invention will now be described in more detail
by means of a number of embodiments and with reference
to the accompanying drawings.


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Fig. 1 is a side view in cross-section schematically
showing a device according to the invention.
Fig. 2 is a side view in cross-section showing the
portion II in Fig. 1 on a larger scale.
Fig. 3a is a top plan view showing the bottom of an
outlet box shown in Figs 1 and 2.
Fig. 3b is a top plan view showing an alternative
embodiment of the bottom shown in Fig. 3a.
Fig. 4a is a side view in cross-section showing an
outlet box provided with an overflow rim.
Fig. 4b is a top plan view of the bottom which is
shown in Fig. 3a and provided with an orifice plate.
Fig. 5a is a side view in cross-section showing an
embodiment of the invention in the form of a circular
device.
Fig. 5b is a top sectional view of the device shown
in Fig. 5a along the line V-V.
Fig. 6a is a side view in cross-section showing yet
another alternative embodiment of the invention in the
form of a circular device.
Fig. 6b is a top sectional view of the device shown
in Fig. 6a along the line VI-VI.
Description of Preferred Embodiments
Fig. 1 shows a device 1 according to the present
invention. The device 1 has an inlet 2 for flue gas 4
from a boiler (not shown). The lower portion of the
device 1 is a tank 6, which is arranged to contain an
absorption liquid 8. The device 1 also has a mammoth
pump 10 for conveying absorption liquid 8 from the tank 6
through an inlet duct 12 to an inlet zone 14. The mammoth
pump 10 is composed of a pipe 16, which conveys compress-
ed air from a compressed air container (not shown), and a
number of compressed air nozzles 18 for distributing the
compressed air in the absorption liquid 8. The inlet zone
14 communicates with an apertured plate 20. The apertured
plate 20 is arranged to support on its upper side 22 a
layer 24 of absorption liquid 8 flowing over the upper


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side 22. The apertured plate 20 has a number of holes 26,
which are uniformly distributed and through which the
flue gases 4 can pass. The projection of the entire
horizontal surface of the apertured plate 20 is situated
5 inside the walls of the tank 6, so that absorption liquid
8 dripping down through the holes 26 of the apertured
plate 20 is efficiently collected in the tank 6. More-
over, the device 1 has an outlet zone 28, which communi-
cates with the upper side 22 of the apertured plate 20.
10 The outlet zone 28 is situated at an end of the apertured
plate 20 opposite to the inlet zone 14 at a distance L
from the inlet zone 14. The outlet zone 28 comprises an
outlet box 30 for collecting the absorption liquid 8
flowing in the form of the layer 24 over the apertured
plate 20. The outlet box 30 has a bottom 32 which is
provided with distribution means in the form of nozzles
34. Between the bottom 32 of the outlet box 30 and a sur-
face 36 of the absorption liquid in the tank 6, there is
a passage in the form of a gap 38, through which the flue
gases 4 can pass. The gas 40 which has passed through the
device 1 is conveyed through an outlet 42 for gas to
after-treatment (not shown), which, for instance, may
comprise separating droplets from the gas and reheating
the gas to a temperature above the saturation temperature
for water vapour. The absorption liquid 8 is substantial-
ly a mixture of water, limestone, which is supplied to
the tank from a container (not shown) of limestone sus-
pension, and gypsum and calcium sulphite formed when
separating sulphur dioxide from the flue gas 4. The
absorption liquid 8 can, for instance, be prepared in
the manner described in WO 96/00122.
In the method according to the invention, a flue gas
4 is thus conveyed through the inlet duct 2 to the gap
38. In connection with the gap 38, absorption liquid 8
is added through the nozzles 34. The absorption liquid 8
is then contacted and mixed with the flue gas 4, whereby
a contact zone 44 forms. In the contact zone 44, the


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absorption liquid 8 evaporates in part, the flue gas 4
getting substantially saturated with water vapour. Thus,
when the flue gas 4 in the contact zone 44 is contacted
with substantially all the amount of absorption liquid 8
flowing on the upper side 22 of the apertured plate 20, a
satisfactory degree of saturation is obtained in the gas.
The flue gas 4 is then further conveyed to a space 46
between the surface 36 of the absorption liquid and the
apertured plate 20. The flue gas 4, which is substantial-
1y saturated after having passed through the gap 38, also
contains droplets of absorption liquid 8 entrained from
the contact zone 44. These entrained droplets will yield
a flushing effect on the underside 47 of the apertured
plate, which reduces the risk of precipitation of solids
on the underside 47 of the apertured plate 20 and in the
holes 26. The flue gas 4 is subsequently passed through
the holes 26 in the apertured plate 20 and is dispersed
while contacting the flowing layer 24 of absorption
liquid 8 on the upper side 22 of the apertured plate 20,
sulphur dioxide being separated from the flue gas 4 and
dissolved in the absorption liquid 8. The gas 40, from
which sulphur dioxide has been separated, then leaves the
device through the gas outlet 42.
The bubbles of compressed air formed by the nozzles
18 of the mammoth pump 10 decrease the density of the
absorption liquid 8 in the inlet duct 12. The absorption
liquid 8 will thus flow upwards in the inlet duct 12,
reach the inlet zone 14 and flow over the upper side 22
of the apertured plate 20, where it absorbs sulphur
dioxide from the flue gas 4. In the absorption of sulphur
dioxide, sulphite ions form in the absorption liquid 8.
A high concentration of sulphite ions is not desirable
as the risk of precipitation and incrustation of calcium
sulphite increases. Since the mammoth pump 10 supplies
air, powerful oxidation of the sulphite ions will be
obtained in the inlet duct 12 at the same time as the
absorption liquid 8 is conveyed upwards. If further


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oxidation is required, an oxidation device 48 supplied
with compressed air from a compressed air container (not
shown) can be installed near the bottom of the tank 6.
When the absorption liquid has flowed over the entire
apertured plate 20, it is conveyed to the outlet zone 28.
In the outlet zone 28, no flue gas 4 is bubbled through
the absorption liquid 8, whereby the absorption liquid 8
will be more or less vented, which entails increasing
density. The absorption liquid is collected in the outlet
box 30 and then flows out of the nozzles 34, is contacted
with the flue gas 4 and is partially evaporated. The non-
evaporated part of the absorption liquid 8 flowing out of
the nozzles 34 hits the liquid surface 36 and merges with
the absorption liquid in the tank 6.
As a result, the absorption liquid 8 will be con-
veyed over the upper side 22 of the apertured plate 20
and then be returned via the contact zone 44 to the tank
6 and be treated with air for oxidation of sulphite,
before the absorption liquid 8 is conveyed again to the
upper side 22 of the apertured plate 20. Thus, a counter-
current process is provided where the absorption liquid
8 which has just absorbed sulphur dioxide on the upper
side 22 of the apertured plate 20 and thus contacted the
cleaned gas 40 is conveyed to the contact zone 44, in
which it contacts the non-cleaned flue gas 4. Since the
non-cleaned flue gas 4 contains greater amounts of sul-
phur dioxide than does the cleaned gas 40, considerable
additional absorption of sulphur dioxide takes place also
in the contact zone 44 owing to the counter-current pro-
cess, in spite of the fact that the absorption liquid 8
has already absorbed great amounts of sulphur dioxide on
the apertured plate 20. This counter-current process thus
results in an improved capacity of the device 1 to absorb
sulphur dioxide compared to prior-art technique and when
comparable amounts of absorption liquid flow over the
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Fig. 2 shows the portion II in Fig. 1 on a larger
scale. As is evident, the flue gas 4 will affect the
surface 36 of the liquid and form a downwardly bending
surface 50 near the inlet 2 for the flue gas 4. The exact
appearance of this surface varies with the flow velocity
of the gas 4 and the exact design of the device 1, and
therefore the appearance of the surface 50 shown in Fig.
2 is to be considered as a schematic example. The flue
gas 4 will also affect a flow 35 of absorption liquid 8,
which leaves the nozzles 34 in such a manner that this
flow 35 is not vertical but deflected in its lower part.
It is important for the flow 35 to be so powerful as
regards size of droplets and flow rate that a dense cur-
tain of absorption liquid 8 is provided all the way from
the outlet box 30 to the surface 36 of the absorption
liquid. The gap 38 between the surface 36 of the absorp-
tion liquid and the outlet box 30 has at the nozzles 34
a height H, which is controlled by the level of the
absorption liquid in the tank 6, i.e. the level of the
surface 36 of the liquid. At a certain flow of flue gas
4, a certain height H will result in a certain velocity
of the gas 4 in the gap 38. It has been found that this
gas velocity should not exceed about 35 m/s. At higher
gas velocities, the pressure drop increases in the gap
38. A yet more important disadvantage at higher veloci-
ties is that the flue gas 4 will entrain the main part
of the absorption liquid 8 leaving the nozzles 34. This
increases the pressure drop in the space 46 and fills the
holes 26 with absorption liquid, whereby the pressure
drop increases also in the holes. The gas velocity in the
gap 38 should exceed about 5 m/s to ensure a good contact
between the flue gas 4 and the absorption liquid 8 dis-
tributed by the nozzles 34. It has been found that in the
case shown in Fig. 2, where the surface 36 of the liquid
in the tank 6 extends over the same horizontal surface as
the apertured plate 20, the height H is suitably at least
about 100 of the bed length, i.e. the length L from the


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inlet zone 14 to the outlet zone 28. The flow of com-
pressed air to the mammoth pump 10 is regulated to adjust
the height H to a value which is suitable for the current
operation mode. At an increasing flow of flue gas 4, the
air flow to the mammoth pump 10 is increased, which
increases the flow of absorption liquid 8 to the inlet
zone 14. Owing to this, the thickness of the layer 24
increases, the amount of liquid in the tank 6 decreasing
and the height H increasing. The gas velocity in the gap
38 can thus be maintained within the desired range. At
the same~time, the thicker layer 24 allows sufficient
absorption of sulphur dioxide also at the higher flow of
flue gas 4.
The outlet box 30 is designed in such a manner that
a desired flow of absorption liquid 8 leaves the nozzles
34. To prevent the flue gas 4 from passing through the
nozzles 34 instead of through the holes 26, the outlet
box has to have a certain hydrostatic pressure P1. A
pressure difference dPr in the flue gas can be measured
at a point A, which is situated immediately before the
contact zone 44, and a point B, which is situated imme-
diately above the layer 24. The hydrostatic pressure P1
in the outlet box 30 can then be calculated as a height
hl, calculated from the bottom 32 of the outlet box 30
to a point S on the surface of the absorption liquid 8
situated just above the bottom 32 and multiplied by the
density of the liquid in the outlet box 30 and the acce-
leration of gravity g.
The absorption liquid 8 leaving the nozzles 34 must
have a certain velocity to create a good contact between
this liquid and the flue gas 4 in the contact zone 44.
It has been found that a liquid velocity of 0.2-3 m/s is
convenient. To provide this liquid velocity, the hydro-
static pressure Pl in the outlet box 30 has to be consi-
derably greater than dPr. It has been found that a height
hi, which is at least about 100 mm higher than the height
required only to match dPr, is suitable to provide said


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liquid velocity. It will also be understood that in case
of a small height H, there will be a high pressure drop
in the gap 38, which increases the pressure difference
dPr, which in turn requires a great height hl in the out-
s let box 30.
The absorption liquid 8 in the layer 24 will contain
a relatively high amount of gas bubbles. It is desirable
that the height hl should be as small as possible, while
satisfying the above conditions, since the difference in
10 level H1 between the underside 47 of the apertured plate
and the surface 36 of the liquid that has to be gene-
rated by the mammoth pump 10 to obtain the desired height
H in the gap 38 will then be smaller, which reduces the
consumption of compressed air in the mammoth pump 10.
15 When the hydrostatic pressure P1 in the outlet box 30
is proportional to the product of the height hl and the
density of the absorption liquid 8 in the outlet box 30,
it is necessary, in order to obtain the same hydrostatic
pressure, to increase the density when the height hl is
20 reduced. For this purpose, the downwardly directed ver-
tical liquid velocity in the outlet box 30 is suitably
about 0.1-1 m/s, preferably about 0.5 m/s. Such a velo-
city has been found to be suitable for providing satis-
factory venting of the liquid, which increases the den-
sity of the liquid. For the same purpose, a venting zone
51 is arranged between the hole 27 of the apertured plate
20 which is the last hole, seen in the direction of flow
P of the layer 24, and the outlet box 30. When the
absorption liquid 8 flows over the venting zone 51, gas
bubbles leave the absorption liquid 8, which increases
its density.
The entire flow of the absorption liquid flowing
over the apertured plate 20 is used to be contacted with
the flue gas 4 in the contact zone 44. A suitable ratio
(also called L/G) of the flow of absorption liquid on
the apertured plate 20 in the form of the layer 24 to the
flow of flue gas 4 through the layer 24 provided on the


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apertured plate 20 is 10-50 litre of absorption liquid/m3
of flue gas. When this comparatively great flow of
absorption liquid is contacted with the flue gas 4 in
the contact zone 44, satisfactory saturation with water
vapour and considerable absorption of sulphur dioxide are
obtained in the contact zone 44.
Fig. 3a shows the bottom 32 of the outlet box 30 ,
seen along the line III-III in Fig. 2. The bottom 32 is
provided with a first row of nozzles 52, seen in the
horizontal direction of flow of the flue gas 4, and a
second row of nozzles 54, seen in the same direction of
flow. The nozzles are in the form of circular holes 55
and 56, respectively. The circular holes 55, 56 can have
a cylindrical shape or they can, at one end, be rounded,
bevelled or have some other shape suited for nozzles. The
smallest diameter D, i.e. the smallest cross-section of
the hole 55, 56, should be about 1-8 cm, preferably about
1-5 cm. If the diameter of the hole is smaller than about
1 cm, droplets form as the absorption liquid 8 contacts
the flue gas 4, which droplets are so small that they are
entrained to a large extent by the flue gas 4, which
entails the above-mentioned increased pressure drop in
the space 46 and in the holes 26. When using holes 55,
56 with a larger diameter than about 8 cm, there is poor
contact between the absorption liquid 8 and the flue gas
4, which results in insufficient saturation of the flue
gas with water vapour. As evident from Fig. 3a, the holes
55 in the row 52 are displaced in relation to the holes
56 in the row 54. This is to obtain optimum coverage and
contact with the absorption liquid 8 and the flue gas 4,
so that no streaks of flue gas 4 will pass the contact
zone 44 without being supplied with water vapour.
Fig: 3b shows an alternative embodiment of the out
let box 30 shown in Fig. 3a. The outlet box. 130 shown in
Fig. 3b has a bottom 132, which is provided with a first
gap 152, seen in the horizontal direction of flow of the
flue gas 4, and a second gap 154, seen in the same direc-


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tion of flow. The two gaps 152, 154 overlap each other,
so that no streaks of flue gas 4 can pass the contact
zone 44 without contacting the absorption liquid 8. The
gaps 152, 154 can be rectangular in cross-section or be
rounded, bevelled or have some other shape suited for
nozzles at their inlet and/or outlet. The smallest gap
width V, i.e. the smallest cross-section of the gap 152,
154, should be about 1-5 cm for the same reason as men-
tioned above in connection with the circular holes 55,
56.
Fig. 4a shows an alternative embodiment of the out-
let box shown in Fig. 2. In low-load operation, i.e. when
the flow of flue gas 4 is lower than the flow for which
the device 1 is dimensioned, it is sometimes a problem
that the layer 24 flows over the apertured plate 20 at
too high a velocity. This is because when the flow of
gas decreases also the pressure difference dP~. falls. As
a result, the flow velocity in the nozzles 34 increases
and the layer 24 is thus quickly drained via the outlet
box 30. To provide, under these circumstances, a layer
24 which is sufficiently thick for the required degree
of absorption of sulphur dioxide, the flow of compressed
air in the mammoth pump 10 has to be increased, which.
increases the operating costs in low-load operation.
This is why the embodiment of an outlet box 230 shown in
Fig. 4a has an overflow rim 258. In normal load opera-
tion, i.e. a normal flow of flue gas 4, the normal level
224 of the layer 24 will not be affected at all by the
overflow rim 258. In low-load operation, i.e. a small
flow of flue gas 4, the low-load level 225 of the layer
24 will be considerably higher, owing to the overflow rim
258, than the level 227 in the outlet box 230. The low
level 227 in the outlet box 230 also reduces the hydro-
static pressure and thus also the velocity at which the
absorption liquid 8 flows out of the outlet box 230. Con-
sequently, a balance is obtained, in which the flow of
liquid out of the outlet box 230 is balanced by the level


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227. Thus the fact that the layer 24, owing to the over-
flow rim 258, can reach the level 225 makes it possible
to reduce the consumption of compressed air in the mam-
moth pump 10 in low-load operation.
Fig. 4b shows another alternative embodiment of the
bottom shown in Fig. 3a. The outlet box 430 shown in
Fig. 4b, which is seen from above, has a bottom 432 pro-
vided with circular holes 455, 456 in a manner similar
to that shown in Fig. 3a. Immediately on top of the bot-
tom 432 of the outlet box 430, an orifice plate 458 is
arranged. The orifice plate 458, which can be displaced
relative to the bottom 432, has circular holes 459 and
460, which correspond to the holes 455 and 456, respec-
tively. By displacing the orifice plate 458 it is thus
possible to provide a greater or a smaller reduction of
the respective openings of the holes 455 and 456. In low-
load operation, it is thus possible to reduce the holes
455 and 456 to reduce the outflow of absorption liquid 8
from the outlet box 430.
Fig. 5a shows a circular embodiment of a device 501
according to the present invention. In Fig. 5b, the
device 501 in Fig. 5a is shown in cross-section along the
line V-V. The device 501 has a central inlet 502 for flue
gas 504. The lower portion of the device 501 is a tank
506, which is arranged to contain an absorption liquid
508. The device 501 further has a mammoth pump 510 for
conveying absorption liquid 508 from the tank 506 through
an inlet duct 512 to an inlet zone 514. The inlet zone
514 has eight pipes 515 conveying absorption liquid 508
to an apertured plate 520 of the above-described type.
The apertured plate 520 has a plurality of uniformly
distributed holes 526, of which only a few are shown in
Fig. 5b and through which the flue gas 504 can pass. The
device 501 further has an outlet zone 528, which communi-
sates with the upper side of the apertured plate 520. The
outlet zone 528 comprises an outlet box 530 for collect-
ing the absorption liquid 508 flowing over the apertured


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plate 520. The outlet box 530, which extends around the
inlet 502, is suitably designed in the manner described
above in connection with outlet boxes. Between the bottom
of the outlet box 530 and a surface 536 of absorption
liquid in the tank 506, there is a passage in the form of
a gap 538, through which the flue gas 504 can pass. The
gas 540 which has passed through the device 501 is con-
veyed through a gas outlet 542 to after-treatment (not
shown). The centrally placed duct 512 and the pipes 515
can as an alternative be replaced by a plurality of mam-
moth pumps, for example six, placed along the outer peri-
phery of the apertured plate 520.
Fig. 6a shows yet another embodiment of a device
601 according to the present invention. In Fig. 6b, the
device 601 in Fig. 6a is shown in cross-section along the
line VI-VI. The device 601 has a laterally arranged inlet
602 for flue gas 604. The lower portion of the device 601
consists of a tank 606, which is arranged to contain an
absorption liquid 608. The device 601 also has a mammoth
pump 610 for conveying absorption liquid 608 from the
tank 606 through a central inlet duct 612 to an inlet
zone 614. The inlet zone 614 conveys absorption liquid
608 to an apertured plate 620, which is of the above-
described type. The apertured plate 620 has a number of
uniformly distributed holes 626, of which only a few are
shown in Fig. 6b and through which the flue gas 604 can
pass. The device 601 further has an outlet zone 628,
which communicates with the upper side of the apertured
plate 620. The outlet zone 628 comprises an outlet box
630 for collecting the absorption liquid 608 flowing over
the apertured plate 620. The outlet box 630 is suitably
designed in the manner described above in connection with
outlet boxes. Between the bottom of the outlet box 630
and a surface 636 of absorption liquid in the tank 606,
there is a passage in the form of a gap 638, through
which the flue gas 604 can pass. The gas 640 which has


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passed through the device 601 is conveyed through a cen-
tral gas outlet 642 to after-treatment (not shown).
It will be understood that a number of modifications
of the above embodiments of the invention are conceivable
5 within the scope of the invention, such as defined in the
appended claims.
The absorption of sulphur dioxide can be carried out
using a number of different absorption liquids. Examples
of substances which mixed with water are suitable for
10 separating sulphur dioxide are limestone, lime, dolomite,
sodium hydroxide, etc. Thus, the device is not limited to
a particular composition of absorption liquid.
The device according to the invention can be design
ed in various ways. Besides the circular designs describ
15 ed above, also rectangular, square and sector-shaped
devices are conceivable.
The mammoth pumps can be replaced by a different
type of pump, for instance a propeller pump. Mammoth
pumps are, however, particularly preferred owing to the
20 simultaneous oxidation effect. It is also possible to let
a plurality of small mammoth pumps feed absorption liquid
to the apertured plate. In some embodiments of the
device, this is preferable since a more even distribution
of the absorption liquid is obtained over the upper side
of the apertured plate.
The apertured plate can be designed in various dif-
ferent ways and be made of a number of different mate-
rials. A particularly preferred way of making an aper-
tured plate is described in WO 96/00122. When using aper-
tured plates made of a polymer material, the entering gas
has to have a low temperature so as not to damage the
apertured plate, and this is possible to achieve by means
of the present invention. The contact zone can be provid-
ed with devices, which improve the contact between the
gas and the liquid. Such devices can, for instance, be
vertical grids or static mixers. It is, however, often
preferable to use an open design, i.e. a design in which


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the contact zone does not comprise any parts which may
cause clogging arid thereby an increased pressure drop in
the gap between the outlet box and the surface of the
absorption liquid in the tank.
The above embodiments are used in cleaning flue
gases from a coal-fired boiler. It will be understood
that the invention can also be used in other processes,
where sulphur dioxide is to be separated from a gas.
Examples of such processes are firing with oil, peat,
biofuel and waste, such as industrial and domestic waste;
metallurgical processes, such as steel and copper making
processes; concrete production processes and refining
processes, such as oil refinement and natural gas refine-
ment. The device can also be used for absorbing other
substances together with sulphur dioxide. Examples of
such substances are hydrogen halogenides, such as hydro-
gen chloride, hydrogen fluoride, hydrogen bromide and
hydrogen iodide; bromine; heavy metals, such as mercury;
and other compounds.
As mentioned above, the contact zone 44 allows satu-
ration of the flue gas 4 with water vapour as well as
absorption of sulphur dioxide from the flue gas 4. The
invention can be used when only saturation of the flue
gas 4 with water vapour in the contact zone 44 is desir-
ed, when the flue gas 4 is already saturated with water
vapour arid when only absorption of sulphur dioxide in the
contact zone 44 is desired and when simultaneously satu-
ration of the flue gas 4 with water vapour and absorption
of sulphur dioxide from the flue gas 4 is desired in the
contact zone 44.
Example
This example relates to a pilot test with a device
of the type described above with reference to Figs 1-2
and 3a.
The bed length L of the device was about 3 meters.
The apertured plate 20, which was made of polypropylene,
had a thickness of 30 mm and a free hole area of about


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3.6 %, the holes 26 having a diameter of 22 mm. The holes
26 were bevelled on the underside 47 of the apertured
plate 20. Limestone having such a grain size that about
96 o passed a mesh size of 44 ~m was supplied to the tank
6 in the form of 25 % by weight in aqueous suspension.
More water was added to the tank 6. During operation, the
absorption liquid 8 in the tank contained about 13 % by
weight of solids and had a pH of about 4.5.
Flue gas 4 from an oil-fired power plant was clean-
ed, the entering gas which was unsaturated with water
vapour having a temperature of about 191°C and a sulphur
dioxide concentration of about 732 ppm. The flue gas 4
was conducted through the inlet 2 to the gap 38. The sur-
face 36 of the liquid in the tank 6 was adjusted to such
a level that the gas velocity in the gap 38 was 12 m/s.
At this gas velocity, the height H constituted 15% of the
bed length. L. The pressure difference between the point A
and the point B was estimated at 4600 Pa. The height h1
in the outlet box 30 was 700 mm, which corresponded to a
hydrostatic pressure of about 6000 Pa. The circular holes
55, 56 at the bottom of the outlet box had a diameter of
about 2 cm. The number of circular holes 55, 56 was
selected so that the velocity of the liquid leaving the
holes 55, 56 at the current hydrostatic pressure was
about 1.5 m/s. As far as could be judged from a visual
inspection, the gas 4 entrained about 10 0 of the absorp-
tion liquid leaving the circular holes 55, 56 at the bot-
tom 32 of the outlet box 30, whereas the rest of the
absorption liquid reached the surface 36 of the liquid.
During the test, no clogging in the holes 26 of the aper-
tured plate 20 and no encrustation on the underside 47
of the apertured plate 20 could be detected. A distinct
washing effect, which was provided by the absorption
liquid entrained by the gas 4, could also be observed
on the underside 47. Measurement showed that the gas 4
had a temperature of about 57°C immediately under the
apertured plate 20 and was substantially saturated with


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water vapour. The gas 40 leaving the device 1 had a tem-
perature of about 55°C and contained about 6 ppm of sul-
phur dioxide.

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